Let me begin by saying, emotionally, I would love to see Mitt Romney come out everyday and launch into a tirade against the latest Obama absurdity. My visceral reaction is to fight back; three and half years of frustration, anger and fear breed impatience. I feel like a punching bag, pounded to the point of exploding.
But, and it’s a big but, is the emotional reward of watching Romney slap Obama around worth the inevitable negative consequences? When I stow my emotions, the overwhelming evidence leads to solid ‘no’ answer.
The umbrella strategy of the Obama campaign is, in a word, distraction. Plenty has been said and written about Obama’s dismal record; he can’t tout his accomplishments, there are none. What’s left are the daily outrageous lies, distortions and personal attacks that appeal only to his already-committed base. So why should Romney play into his tactics? He shouldn’t.
Romney has, to date, stayed on message: “It’s the economy stupid.” He’s taking the high road, appearing a reasonable and measured candidate. Sometimes being dull is a wonderful attribute.
Additionally, Romney can call on an array of firebrands and attack dogs for the gutter fights. Compared to McCain’s lethargic and passive campaign, Romney’s rapid response team has been quick to strike back with hard-hitting responses to Obama.
The alternative media grows in strength everyday as the mainstream media’s unethical and irresponsible protective cloak of Obama shows fractures. They are becoming parodies of themselves.
The Washington Post noted the obvious lies and misrepresentations in Rex Nutting’s intellectually dishonest claim that Obama is not really a big spender; even the New York Times refused to run with the story. And, the mainstream media’s refusal to cover the Catholic bishops’ lawsuit has become the poster child of arrogance and bias by omission. There’s trouble in Obama’s media paradise.
Now, on to the democrats themselves.
This past week, to be kind, was not a good one for the Obama campaign. The ‘attack Bain’ strategy has backfired. Cory Booker, the black mayor of Philadelphia, denounces it on NBC’s Meet the Press, and is forced into an obviously uncomfortable retraction. Dozens of other noted democrats urge Obama to drop the anti-capitalism theme.
Obama garnered less than sixty percent of the vote in democrat primaries in Kentucky and Arkansas; in Kentucky ‘Uncommitted’ received 41.2 percent of the vote.
A less than clever speechwriter gives Obama the ‘cowpies’ line; God bless the speechwriter. And, if all that weren’t enough, Obama’s infatuation with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Democrat National Committee, appears to wane. Seems that Anthony Weiner’s replacement as Obama’s favored media ‘face-of-fanaticism’ has been snubbed by her boss; and, to date, she’s not filed the paperwork to run for reelection.
I can’t recall the source, but someone once said, “When your opponent is drowning, throw them an anchor.” Here, here!
So, let’s all swallow our emotions; fight or fight aren’t our only options. Obama’s façade of invincibility is on very shaky ground. There’s trouble in the court of the anointed one; a hint of internal insurrection swirls in the air. The media courtiers are restless.
Grab a beer, settle back and enjoy.
Author, “Powers Not Delegated”…a conservative political thriller
…What Could Have Been and Might Still Be
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